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Dheepan (2015)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 May 2016 (USA)
Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.

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Faouzi Bensaïdi ...
Monsieur Habib
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Youssouf
Bass Dhem ...
Azziz
Franck Falise ...
Le gardien du Hall C
Joséphine de Meaux ...
La directrice de l'école
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Le juriste au foyer
Nathan Anthonypillai ...
L'interprète
Vasanth Selvam ...
Colonel Cheran
Kartik Krishnan ...
Le faussaire au Sri Lanka
Rudhra ...
La femme du camp de réfugié
Tassadit Mandi ...
La dame dans l'escalier
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Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family. Written by Polly_Kat

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When the war continues to rage in your heart and mind.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$20,249 (USA) (8 May 2016)

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$247,597 (USA) (29 July 2016)
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The first Audiard film that is not composed by Alexandre Desplat. See more »

Quotes

Yalini: In Sri Lanka when you fall and you hurt yourself, you smile. Here, if you smile too much, people think that you don't understand them or that you're mocking them.
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References Nayakan (1987) See more »

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Bonbon
Written by Anton Newcombe
Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
© Eagle-l Music Publishing (PRS)
Avec l'autorisation de / Courtesy of A Recordings
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Another Great Movie from Jacques Audiard
21 December 2016 | by (Dubai) – See all my reviews

A Sri Lankan Warrior, decides to leave his past and flew to France with a temporarily "made up" family.

The movie opens with cremation of some warriors. The protagonist throws his uniform in the fire and takes up a civilian dress, that is the change in his life. He decides to say good bye to the warrior life, and takes up a normal life. And we see a young lady searching for a an orphan child in the refugee camps. She finds a little girl. Together, they get a new name, passport and life. Thus the protagonist's new name is "Dheepan", as per the passport of a deceased person. The fact is that, if they make a family, it is easier for them to migrate to the West.

The "family" reach France, with some struggles and few problems finally they manage to settle down in a rural area of France. But, the place was notorious for criminal activities, gangsters and drug dealers. Dheepan gets a job as the caretaker of a building. The little girl was sent to the French school, she was trying to cop up with language and cultural barrier. The young lady was took a job as a cook and caretaker of an elderly man.

Things where not very smooth, even in France. The tension between the protagonist and "family"; and the society; progress with the movie. The movie is always in tight frames to convey this suffocation. The scenes towards the climax is a worth watch. It was amazingly executed. There are some amazing shots in the movie, that is almost impossible.

Jacques Audiard becomes again one of my favorite directors with this movie. A definitely must watch. Highly Recommended.


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